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The Movie Jon Favreau Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau could watch Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets a million times. "As a young boy being able to see an R-rated violent movie with language in it was exciting," he says, "but what I didn't realize as I was younger was that I was watching a master filmmaker."
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'Yankee Miracles': Rising Through Baseball Ranks

In the book Yankee Miracles, Ray Negron tells his story of rising up through the ranks of Yankee baseball from bat boy to head of community outreach for one of the most storied teams in major league baseball. He talks with host Scott Simon.
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An Invitation To Join 'The Dangerous Animals Club'

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky's new book is made up of essays, anecdotes, stories and insights shuffled in and out of order, like cards in a deck. Everything in the book is true, Tobolowsky says: "True trumps clever any day of the week."
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 9: Pick A President

This election season, Three-Minute Fiction is getting political. Weekends on All Things Considered has a new judge, a new challenge and a new prize for Round 9. For this contest, submit original, short fiction that can be read in about three minutes, which means no more than 600 words.
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Singer-Songwriter Bonnie Raitt Plays Not My Job

We've invited legendary blues musician Bonnie Raitt to answer three questions about a guy named Donnie Raitt. (It's amazing what you find sometimes just by mistyping your search terms into Google.)
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Wikipedia Irks Philip Roth With Reluctance To Edit Entry About His Novel

Wikpedia has had to deal with accusations that its entries were edited too easily. But this week, the online encyclopedia is dealing with charges that its entries are too tough to edit — and the accuser is author Philip Roth, who wanted to correct a mistake about his novel The Human Stain.
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Red Hot Patriot: Kathleen Turner

Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner stars in a one-woman show on the life of firebrand Texas journalist Molly Ivins.

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Want To Control Your Alcohol Intake? Ask For A Different Glass

The shape of the glass can fool a drinker into drinking more alcohol, but not so with soft drinks. New research shows that people were better able to calculate the halfway point of their beers in a straight glass.
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'Keep The Lights On': Nuanced Take On Doomed Love

Ira Sachs' reportedly semi-autobiographical romantic drama, Keep the Lights On, follows the nine-year relationship between a filmmaker and a drug-addicted lawyer. The couple on screen is falling apart, but the film itself is sure-footed and satisfying, says critic Bob Mondello.
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Editorial Cartoons And The 2012 Campaign

A picture and a punch line are worth a thousand words in the maelstrom of campaign season. We meet two editorial cartoonists who offer their take on the candidates and the issues.

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